Night Terrors

Gemma - posted on 07/29/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hi all, my 14 month old son is getting over bacterial meningitis and spetacemia, he was incredibly ill and we nearly lost him, hoever he is well on the road to recovery and is doing really well. He is having night terrors though and wakes repeatedly SCREAMING, apprently this is really common after meningitis, but i was wondering if any other mums have problems with night terrors and how they dealt with them! I will quite happily get up for him as many times as me needs me but its no fun for him, apparently he will outgrow it but im concerned taht he isnt getting a good nights sleep, and he needs rest to aid his recovery!

Any help greatly appreciated!


Gemma x


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Theresa - posted on 07/31/2010




My son seemed to get them when he was overly tired. The first time was the worst. After taking turns just holding him, we decided to try his favorite show that we had recorded. At the time it was Curious George. It slowly awakened him and brought him back to awareness. When the show was over, we were able to put him back to bed.

Sara - posted on 07/30/2010




My son has night terrors all the time they are not like nightmares because with the night terrors they are still sleeping with nightmares they wake up. Anyway what I have heard and tried which worked was to not only hold their hands but rub the pressure point between the thumb and index finger right between the bones and it usually calms my son down. He is 14 months as well. I hope this helps. I did the same thing with my daughter when she was younger and still do when she has night terrors which are very rare but she is 2.5 and still has them every so often. Good Luck!

Ricky - posted on 07/30/2010




My son went through a phase of night terrors. there was not much I could do but get up to soothe him. All I had to do was hold his chest down and tell him mama was there and everything's ok, that usually put him back to sleep right away. and he has a bunny that is probably the size of a newborn (he can still breath through it if it gets pressed against his mouth) that he cuddles every night and that gives him the same comfort of a mommy cuddle.

Kayla - posted on 07/29/2010




my son has nightmares all the time he had them worse when he was smaller but honestly the only thing that really helps him is comfort he has a tendency to sleep with mommy alot because of them they are very stressful i know they scare me because ive been told not to wake him up if hes still asleep because it could make things worse so all i do is i sit with him and rock him and let him know that im there constantly it takes some time and yes i honestly still freak out when it happens because there isnt anything i can do but comfort him just stay calm is all i can say and keep reassuring him that he will be ok and that ur there and wont leave him

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